SAO PAULO: Some South American fans at the World Cup are being criticized for posting videos in which they encourage foreign women to say offensive things in languages they don’t appear to understand.
In one video, Brazilian men surround a woman and encourage her to chant with them in Portuguese an offensive word for female anatomy. In another, Colombian fans encourage a woman to repeat offensive phrases in Spanish.
Officials and others reacted swiftly to the videos in a sign that there is waning tolerance for such behavior.
Colombia’s Foreign Ministry said on Twitter on Tuesday that such behavior does not reflect Colombian culture. Brazil’s National Council of Women’s Rights said Wednesday the video of the Brazilians showed the aggression women face.—AP